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Fertility Planning Treatments

Ovulation Induction

What is ovulation induction?

The disorders related to ovulation can be identified in 18 to 25 percent of couples that struggle with infertility. Most of the patients have oligomenorrhea, which is a condition when menstruation occurs at intervals of 35 days to six months. While ovulation may occasionally occur, it is unlikely that the woman with this condition is able to conceive naturally. This is when ovulation induction treatment can make a huge difference.

If you are looking into fertility planning or have had problems with infertility, then you may want to speak with our NYC Ob/Gyn specialists to see if ovulation induction treatment is right for you. Ovulation induction uses either oral or injection hormonal treatments to help with ovulation. This is a form of hormone therapy that encourages the ovaries to go through their regular ovulation cycle, but it increases the chances of producing fertile eggs; this treatment is designed to give your ovaries a boost. Sometimes ovulation induction is used alongside treatments such as IVF (in vitro fertilization) and IUI (intrauterine insemination).

What does ovulation induction treatment look like?

When you have a conversation with  NYC Ob/Gyn specialists at Viva Eve you will decide which unique form of ovulation induction is right for you. Hormonal treatments used for ovulation induction encourage the ovaries to produce more eggs or better quality eggs for fertilization. Oftentimes, this treatment is given orally for a few weeks or as determined by your specialist. 

How do I know if ovulation induction treatment is right for me?

If you have struggled with infertility, you may want to ask your fertility specialist if ovulation induction treatment is right for you. 

Infertility can be identified as early as six months into trying to conceive, but hormonal testing, medical background, and screenings (like ultrasounds) are an important part of fully diagnosing the cause of infertility. From this information you and your NYC OB/Gyn specialist can determine if ovulation induction treatment is an optimal choice. 

Ovulation induction might be right for you if you have irregular or infrequent periods, have been diagnosed with PCOS , or other forms of ovulation dysfunction. If you know you have fibroids or endometriosis, you might want to ask about ovulation induction, as these can affect your ability to conceive.

What are the benefits and risks of ovulation induction?

Benefits of Ovulation induction

By using ovulation induction treatment, you can increase the chances of ovulation or increase the number of eggs released in each cycle. If you are over the age of 35 or have a low egg count, ovulation induction can increase your chances at conception. The process of ovulation induction can also stand alone or be paired with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) like IVF (in vitro fertilization) or IUI (intrauterine insemination). Whether it is used in conjunction with ART or as an independent treatment, ovulation induction is a viable way to move forward in your fertility planning and we are equipped to provide a customized, personal approach to your treatment.

Risks of ovulation induction

Most of the risks of ovulation induction come from the hormonal treatments that you take. 

  • Depending on which method of ovulation induction you choose, you can increase the likelihood of having multiple births. This is because ovulation induction can increase the number of fertile eggs that are released during each menstrual cycle.
  • While it depends on which medication you take, there are potential side effects from the treatments that can cause discomfort, like headaches, mood swings, nausea, or tenderness in the breasts or pelvic area. These symptoms usually go away after the ovulation induction treatment is completed.